Day in history for December 5, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
At the Island City Hotel we noticed one table entirely surrounded with Quakers. Their quaint but rich dresses were an object of attraction and their quiet modest ways much admired.

1879 -- 125 years ago
The Davenport sawmills, except for Schricker And Muller's, have shut down for the season.

1904 -- 100 years ago
P.F. Meenan was elected Supreme Knight of Council No. 53, Knights of Father Matthew.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Bernice McBride, 11, leads in The Argus vote contest to choose a Little Queen to ride with Santa Claus.

1954 -- 50 years ago
A 7-hour traffic tie-up was broken at 6 o'clock this morning on Routes 2 and 92, five miles east of Silvis, after a fleet of Peter Pan Bakery pickup trucks came to the rescue of a company tractor-trailer unit which had overturned, dumping tons of bakery goods on the road.

1979 -- 25 years ago
Lynn and Bruce Duffy have spent the past six months on a 28,000 mile trek through the 48 continental United States, Canada and Mexico. The former East Moline residents have been visiting Bruce's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Duffy, 1117 38th Ave., East Moline, for two weeks, and will set out on the last leg of their cross-country travels Wednesday.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.




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